Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan

 I adore Shrove Tuesday. For me it symbolises the start of the next set of festivities. Mother’s Day, Easter and in turn Spring are hot on its heels and we get to eat one of my all time favourite foods. Pancakes!

The littlest Jelly Baby celebrated her first pancake eating Shrove Tuesday with her big brother and seven of their buddies. I covered the table in a huge sheet of brown paper and put out bowlfuls of crayons to keep the tiny guests entertained while I set to work tossing the pancakes.

Here’s my couldn’t be simpler pancake mixture recipe complete with a sassy twist on the traditional lemon and sugar topping.

Pancake Mixture (enough for a family of 5)

4 Eggs

250g Plain Flour

300ml Full Fat Milk

300ml Tap Water

Whisk the ingredients together until the mixture is lump free and set aside while you assemble your chosen toppings.

Melt a little butter in a frying pan until it is sizzling and ladle in enough mixture to thinly coat the pan.

Gently push the edges with a spatula to loosen and shake the pan to free the pancake.

At this point toss the pancake as high as you dare.

Cook the other side until nice and crispy.

Serve immediately to the child who is most worthy.

Topping

 Gently heat 3 tablespoons of golden syrup with the juice of half a lemon. When warmed through add a dollop of the warmed citrussy goo to your pancake.

If you are feeling a little advant garde add a tiny pinch of ground ginger to the mixture.

Chocolate spread and banana, fresh berries and squirty cream and strawberry jam will also be on offer at Wobbly Jelly towers tomorrow.

The warmed zesty syrup in awesome addition to a Yorkshire puddings, admittedly when served as a pudding and not when served with roast beef and gravy.

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